FAO moves to tackle child labour in livestock sector

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Specific conditions distinguish normal, age-appropriate tasks from child labour.

Governments, farmers' organizations and rural families are being urged to be directly involved in finding alternatives to child labour in the livestock sector.

The call comes from the first global study on child labour issues related to livestock released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday.

The report says that child labour in the livestock sector, which often reflects the need for survival, is widespread and largely ignored.

According to FAO, livestock is at least a partial source of income and food security for 70 percent of the world’s 880 million rural poor who live on less than $1 a day.

Bernd Seiffert is the focal point on child labour, gender, equity and rural employment at the FAO.

"The report calls on different sets of stakeholders to take action. There is a clear need for research institutions and academia to do much more research into this under-studied sector on child labour in the livestock sector, to have more information, knowledge data on the nature, scope and risks of children working in the livestock sector, but more importantly also to look more into solutions that are workable, in particular with regard to the education." (32")

Mr. Seiffert says some of the workable solutions for education include mobile and pastoralist type of farmer field schools.

He says these schools have not been used enough and there is also the need for research into their impact and suitability in a specific context.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'31"

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